FAQ

How much time is required to participate?

The in-person visit will take about 6 hours.

Do I get any compensation for participating?

Yes! We deeply appreciate you lending your time to help science and benefit other young people. You will receive cash compensation at the end of your visit. For your time you will be compensated $200 and will even have the chance to win some extra bonus money!

Is the information I provide confidential?

Yes. Participation in the project is completely confidential, and information we collect about you will not be shared with anyone (including parents). Instead of your name, we will use a code, and no one outside the ADEPT team (including other family members) will know your name or what answers you gave. All data are kept under lock and key, in a secure location that only our staff has access to. When we prepare reports about the project, results are presented in a summary manner across 550 participants, and your name will not be used.

Participation in this project is voluntary. Participants can change their mind and leave the project at any time.

What should I bring with me?

Since your visit will be a bit longer than they have been in the past we encourage you to bring water and a snack. If you are coming during one of your regular meal times feel free to bring breakfast lunch or dinner with you! There is also a cafeteria and other dining options within the hospital.

Note: please avoid consuming any caffeine before your visit as this may interfere with EEG data. 

How should I dress?

You can dress casually, but please remember to dress in layers as the temperature in our building can fluctuate. Since your visit involves an EEG, we ask that you please not wear any eye/face makeup, as it will have to be removed by the technician in order to attach sensors. As described in the Study Procedures section, you will be wearing a cap containing sensors to look at your brain activity. For this reason, please wear your hair loose, ensure it is clean and dry, and refrain from using hair products (gel, mousse, hairspray, etc.) before your visit.

What should I do if I have to cancel my visit?

If a scheduling conflict comes up, please contact our Project Coordinator at 631-638-1934 or email us at adept@stonybrookmedicine.edu as soon as you can. We would be happy to reschedule your appointment for a more convenient time.

Why do you want to collect blood & hair samples, I’ve never had to provide these in past visits?

We understand some may be hesitant in providing us a blood and hair sample since this is something brand new to the study. With your consent, we are looking to take a small  blood sample (about 3 tablespoons) in order to measure levels of gene expression naturally produced by your body. These markers of gene expression may be related to personality traits, brain activity, emotions and behavior. All of our blood draws are done by fully trained phlebotomist.

We would also like to collect a small hair sample in order to measure levels of the stress hormone cortisol. The hair sample we take is small, completely unnoticeable and is preformed by our fully trained staff. 

What are you going to do with the study results?

The project results will be published in various scientific journals and books. We also will periodically post results in the “Publications” section of our website. These reports will summarize information across 550 participants. No information from any single family will be reported or published. We hope that results of the project will help psychologists, educators, and researchers to understand teens better, and be more effective in supporting positive growth of personality and emotions. Please note: Not all publication will necessarily have the study title ‘ADEPT’ included within the paper.